" is a 1968 song by Sly & the Family Stone
. It was the first single by the band to go to number one on the Soul singles chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100
chart. It held that position, on the Hot 100
, for four weeks from February 15, 1969, until March 14, 1969, and is remembered as a popular song of the 1960s. As with most of Sly & the Family Stone's songs, Sly Stone
was credited as the sole songwriter
The song is one of Sly Stone
's pleas for peace and equality between differing races and social groups, a major theme and focus for the band. The Family Stone featured caucasian Greg Errico
and Jerry Martini
in its lineup, as well as females Rose Stone
and Cynthia Robinson
; making it the first major integrated band in rock history. Sly & the Family Stone's message was about peace and equality through music, and this song reflects the same.
Unlike the band's more typically funky
records, "Everyday People" is a mid-tempo number with a more mainstream pop feel. Sly, singing the main verses for the song, explains that he is "no better / and neither are you / we are the same / whatever we do."
Sly's sister Rose Stone
sings bridging sections that mock the futility of people hating each other for being tall, short, fat, skinny, white
, or anything else. The bridges of the song contain the line "different strokes for different folks," which became a popular......